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File:John Cage (1988).jpg|thumb|John Cage (1988) '''John Milton Cage Jr.''' (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, Music theory|music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of Indeterminacy (music)|indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and Extended technique|non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century.Pritchett and Kuhn, Grove Online: "He has had a greater impact on music in the 20th century than any other American composer." He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham, who was also Cage's romantic partner for most...
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